Often when there is conflict in a marriage spouses experience various negative thoughts and emotions that are automatically triggered by the events and circumstances taking place in the relationship. When this happens, however, we should ask ourselves some important questions. Can I trust that these instincts are correct? Do my feelings truly reflect reality? Should I act upon them?
Did you know that divorce is contagious? Unlike the flu you won’t catch the divorce bug because someone coughs near you. Nonetheless, researchers do classify the influence of divorce as a form of “social contagion” – the spread of ideas, attitudes, and behaviors within social networks through imitation and conformity.
Expressing gratitude to your spouse is one of the best things you can do to foster happiness in your marriage. Feeling appreciated keeps the feeling of being respected and valued alive. It helps us maintain an intimate bond with our mate. It even impacts how committed we are to the relationship. These are just a few of the positive effects of gratitude in marriage. [See related article].